Suspended coach's appearance moved up

Updated: June 15, 2004, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Suspended Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins is due in court Tuesday night on a drunken driving charge.

Huggins will appear this evening in Fairfax Mayor's Court, moving up an initial court appearance that had been scheduled for Wednesday, lawyers for Huggins and the suburban Cincinnati village of Fairfax said.

Fairfax police chief Rick Patterson said he expects the case will be wrapped up Tuesday night. But Huggins' lawyer, Richard Katz, said early in the day that he was still talking with Huggins about how to proceed.

Fairfax police charged Huggins with a first-time, misdemeanor drunken driving violation, alleging that he failed to control his car as he drove a week ago in the Cincinnati suburb.

Huggins, 50, was placed on indefinite, paid suspension Saturday following his arrest the evening of June 8. The arrest report said Huggins failed a sobriety test and had vomit on the inside of his car.

His top assistant, Dan Peters, was named interim coach. Peters will "have total authority with no outside interference to run the basketball program," athletic director Bob Goin said in a statement.

Huggins apologized over the weekend and promised to do whatever is asked of him so he can return to coaching. Goin declined to set a length for the suspension, saying Huggins could return once the athletic director believes he's ready.


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